Book IV Cover Almost Complete

February 26, 2011

"The Machine" by Carol Phillips

The epic cover for Book VI, The Machine, is almost complete. Carol Phillips is working like a mad fiend.

This cover is quite different from the previous three covers for a number of reasons. The previous covers all have a distinct fantasy flavor to them, from the gothic city-scape of Metatron to the wooded Hazards of the Old Ones, Carol’s roots as a fantasy artist shine through, however, The League of Elder, is a space-opera after all, so I wanted book IV to highlight that. This cover also displays all four of the main characters, which hasn’t happened before (notice Sarah is not “turned on” in this still), as well as two Black Hat temples. Weird Bondarunga vessels and buildings are scattered all over the place.

The setting is in the Xaphan city of Waam. Our heroes in the foreground are being hunted by two separate groups: the Spectres are after our hero Kay, and the lovely Thomasina the 19th and her ladies are after Phillip. If Carol’s lined it up correctly, Thomasina should land right down the center of the spine.

Some old characters have made their way onto the cover. The gigantic vending machine the good guys are crouching behind is our old friend Princess Marilith of Xandarr, who is a popular folk hero in Waam. Also, as he’s appeared on all the previous covers, the elemental spirit Carahil is here as well–can you find him??

copyright 2011, Ren Garcia and Carol Phillips

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5 Responses to “Book IV Cover Almost Complete”

  1. Chantal said

    Awesome, Ren!

    I see him! I see him!

    -Chantal

  2. I’m glad this one is more sci-fi than fantasy, and I like that it ties the previous three books together! I couldn’t find Carahil: ( I must be blind!!

  3. Angelina Garcia said

    Well, I couldn’t find him either – but one of your readers gave him away!! I’ll have to go back and take a better look.

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